Bloomingdale Erb’s Palsy Lawyers
Attorneys for Birth Injuries in DuPage County
Erb’s palsy is the most common type of brachial plexus injury, affecting the upper brachial plexus, which controls the muscles in the shoulder and elbow. Injuries to the nerves that control these muscles can lead to full or partial paralysis in the arms and shoulders. Erb’s palsy is most often the result of shoulder dystocia during childbirth. Though there are times when this condition is unavoidable, it is most often preventable. If you have a child that has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, it is important to speak with a skilled birth injuries attorney so you understand your rights and options.
For over 40 years, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has successfully represented families with children suffering from Erb’s palsy in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Our award-winning attorneys have extensive experience with birth injuries and other types of medical malpractice cases, and we have what it takes to prevail against well-funded adversaries, such as the large hospitals and their insurers. We have been highly recognized by our peers not only for our experience and skill, but also for our aggressive advocacy on behalf of our clients.
Our lawyers are honest, compassionate, responsive, and accessible. Our clients appreciate our down to earth approach and unwavering commitment to protecting their interests. We keep extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule and we provide ongoing updates on the progress of your case, so you are always kept in the loop. In addition, all our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the experienced representation you deserve.
Major Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is almost always a result of shoulder dystocia during childbirth. Shoulder dystocia occurs because the shoulders of the fetus are too large to pass through the birth canal. This causes the shoulders to become stuck behind the pubic bone, which can lead to permanent damage to the upper plexus nerves. When the fetus has difficulty passing through the birth canal, doctors sometimes make the situation worse by using unsafe methods to force the delivery.
Erb’s palsy can usually be prevented if doctors properly identify certain risk factors that make expectant mothers more susceptible to shoulder dystocia. These include:
- Gestational diabetes during pregnancy;
- Previous history of difficult pregnancies;
- Previous history of large babies;
- Abnormal size/shape of pelvis (particularly mothers with small pelvises);
- Excessive weight gain by the expectant mother during pregnancy; and
- Late delivery due dates.
When these risks are identified ahead of time, measures can be taken to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. Failure to identify such risks and take appropriate measures may constitute negligence on the part of the medical professional.At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we understand the physical toll a birth injury takes on your child and the emotional and financial toll it takes on the rest of the family. We work hard to make the legal process as smooth and seamless as possible, so you can focus on caring for your child while we work to hold those responsible fully accountable. If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation at one of our four area locations with one of our experienced Illinois birth injury lawyers.